The NYPD is looking for the man involved in an apparent Dyker Heights robbery, where a perp hijacked a car and fired off a gun on Sunday night.
According to police, two men in their 40s were seated inside a Toyota Camry near Bay Ridge Avenue and Ninth Avenue, when another male (apparently unknown to the victims) entered the back seat of the vehicle and brandished a black firearm at around 9:50 p.m.
The gunman then instructed the victims to drive — and order which the man behind the wheel complied with.
The trio traveled just a few blocks before the vehicle came to a stop outside of 1012 Bay Ridge Avenue, the address of The Learning Experience day care center.
Once the car was at a complete standstill, a physical fight broke out between the gunman and the victims — during which the gun went off.
The bullet did not hit anyone.
Soon after the commotion caused by the gunshot, the two victims exited the car, while the suspect hopped behind the wheel and drove off in the stolen car.
Police did not report any injuries and have not made an arrest, though the gun was recovered at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
Local Council Member Justin Brannan, however, took to Twitter on Monday to speculate that there may be “more to this story” — suggesting that, perhaps, this was not a randomly-chosen victim.
“Cops believe there is more to this story than what they are being told and I’m sure more details will come out soon,” he wrote. “Will share info as I receive [it].”
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.
Correction: This event took place in Dyker Heights, not Bay Ridge, as a previous version of this story stated.